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Smoking: Did you know…?
Smoking statistics: 
  • The Ontario government spends $817,733,502 on acute care hospitalization for both active and passive smokers.
  • It costs over $2,000 a year, to smoke a pack of cigarettes a day.
  • Tobacco kills approximately 37,000 Canadians each year.
  • Diseases caused by second-hand smoke include: Heart Disease, Lung Cancer, Nasal Sinus Cancer and Non-Malignant Respiratory Disease.
  • 300 non-smokers will die of lung cancer and at least 700 non-smokers will die of coronary heart disease caused by exposure to second-hand smoke.

Second-Hand Smoking Statistics:

  • Each year, more than 1,000 non-smoking Canadians die from second-hand smoke.
  • Second-hand smoke causes sore eyes and throat, nasal irritation, headaches, coughing and wheezing, nausea and dizziness.
  • Breathing in second-hand smoke can also trigger asthma attacks and increase your chances of getting bronchitis and pneumonia.
  • Non-smokers who are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke have a higher risk of contracting lung cancer and heart disease. Increased chances of cancer of the sinuses, brain, breast, uterine, cervix, thyroid, as well as leukemia and lymphoma are also noted.

Quitting Smoking:

  • Last year more than one-half million Canadians quit smoking (513,426 people).
  • On average it takes 3.1 attempts before someone quits smoking.
  • More than half of Canadians who smoked at one time have now successfully quit smoking.
  • Most smokers – men and women – are intending to quit in the next 6 months.

Why Quit?

  • Within 8 hours of quitting smoking, carbon monoxide levels drop in your body and oxygen levels in your blood increases.
  • After 2 days, your sense of smell and taste begin to improve.
  • Within 2 weeks to 3 months, your lungs work better making it easier to breathe.
  • After 6 months, coughing, sinus congestion, tiredness and shortness of breath improve.
  • Within 1 year of quitting, your risk of a smoking-related heart attack is reduced by half.

Suggested Links:
For more information on how to quit smoking, contact the Canadian Smokers' Helpline at 1-877-513-5333.

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